Walden University Reviews
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I have been frustrated with Walden for many things but the one thing I praise them for is the caliber of teaching staff and the preparation for licensure. They work hard to make sure when it comes to licensure, there is a smoother process. The course work is crazy and it is extremely challenging to work full-time while attending Walden. Those who work part-time will fare better. The teaching staff and advisers are empathetic and wonderful. If you are looking for easy, this is not the place. If you are looking to be prepared for licensure-jump on in!
Stay away from Walden if you're looking to complete a Ph.D. without going broke. I began my program in 2008, thinking I would be able to complete my studies in five years. It is now 2016 and I'm still not finished because of the exceptionally long time it takes to get any writing reviewed. Any time I turn in an assignment, instructors have 14 days to review. While working with my dissertation committee, this means that each person has two weeks to review my work and return it. They do not do this concurrently, but consecutively. I've wasted numerous quarters (12-weeks) simply waiting for work to come back to me. I almost always complete my revisions within a few days, but each committee member then has two additional weeks to review. I have no choice but the finish this (I'm finally within two quarters of completing my dissertation), but I would strongly advise students to find another school. In addition to the wait times, I've also had my entire dissertation committee changed since I started it in 2012. I don't know why the first committee member quit. The second committee member to quit was my Dissertation Chair. She decided to retire in the middle of a quarter without telling anyone. Took me almost six weeks (1/2 of a quarter) to find a replacement. Then the new Chair had to have time to review my work. This summer, my methodologist quit due to health reasons. I've spend the last two weeks trying to find another methodologist who specializes in quantitative data analysis. During my phone conference with him, he stated that he doesn't agree with the methodology I'm using, so now I'm going to have to change that. It seems to just go on and on. None of my committee members seem to talk to each other, and they certainly don't agree with each other on how I'm conducting my study. I'm very frustrated and will never recommend Walden to anyone.
Attending Walden University was the worst decision ever! My professor did not follow the syllabus nor did she grade on time. I brought my complaint to the dean and it was not addressed or resolved. I feel as though Walden University took my tuition and did not give me what I paid for which was a full course. The academic department is not supportive of its students and acts in an unethical manner. It is all about the money! The let the professors act rudely and not perform their duties!! total waste of time.
I completed my masters in computer science in 2006. I was studying in NTU (National Technological University) when Walden took over NTU. Recently, I had applied for a new job and provided my education credentials to my prospective employer. When they did the background check, they contacted Walden to verify my degree. Walden had told them that I took some courses, but didn't complete my degree. Before this happened, I had already quit my current job, because everything else was fine and I didn't even remotely think that Walden would not verify my degree. I had the paper copy of the degree with me, all the tuition fee receipts for every course, the commencement book that shows my name as one of the students that completed the degree. I shared all this with my prospective employer, but they wanted (and rightly so) the verification to come from the university. The prospective employer pretty much pulled the plug on my offer since Walden told them I didn't finish the degree. You can only imagine the amount of stress this caused. With a family to take care, no income, no health insurance, no job and already vacated the current house and basically no place to go. I called Walden and pleaded with them to look into this issue quickly. Of course, there was no urgency on their part....zero understanding. They said some one else had to look into it and it may take up to 2 weeks. I called them several times and pleaded, begged, cried, shouted......but not much impact. In the mean time, my prospective employer asked if I had lied on my application and if so, they said I can correct it now, but that they cannot guarantee an offer. I told them that I didn't want to change anything....everything that I wrote in the application was the truth to the best of my knowledge. And that Walden was still looking into it. Eventually, the HR from the prospective employer was able to get in touch with Walden and looks like Walden finally confirmed that I had received the degree. And they finally hired me. This is what happens with for profit universities, especially the online ones. Zero regard for students. I'm thinking that Walden's computer system wasn't updated correctly with NTU students and it was probably showing that there was no record of my completing the degree. My guess is that when they took over NTU, they didn't convert the list of students and the courses that were done at NTU. But this is not the only reason I'm saying Walden is bad. When they took over NTU, the only thing Walden did was increase the tuition fee. Also, we used to be able to take courses from good partner universities like some of the state universities in Florida, Colorado etc., All this stopped after Walden took over NTU. They started offering their own version of the courses that some of these state universities had. But, the quality wasn't the same. The only good thing for me was that I had completed almost all my courses through these other partner, state universities. So, don't waste your time and money on Walden. The current Walden university degree is most likely not worth it, doesn't have the reputation as the other traditional universities, its expensive, its not what they may claim it to be, nobody knows about this university (if you tell people that you studied in Walden, they ask...what?, where is it?, is that even real?) and at the end of it all, they may end up saying you didn't finish the degree.
My employer, a large federal agency, covered my expenses to study at Walden. I had initially thought that an online degree program would be easier than the brick and mortar university programs that I was used to. I was completely wrong. The online degree program at Walden was more demanding, and most of my professors were practitioners in the fields that they taught. There was very little hand-holding by the professor or even other classmates that you would normally find in a brick and mortar university because you have to be very self-motivated to succeed in an online program. You will not get face-to-face interactions with the professor and other students who may provide a student with repeated reminders to complete his/her work and listen to his/her whining. To succeed at Walden, one must be self-motivated to complete the class work and work hard. If a student lacks self-motivation and maturity, an online degree program at Walden or even at another online university would not be right for him/her. I had learned a lot at Walden and would not hesitate to re-enroll in it again if I want to study for another degree program.
Walden University was a great school until I reached the dissertation portion of the PhD program, I had a bad teacher and wasted 2 years then was approved and a new person was added to my team and he said I had to start over again because it wasn't an appropriate PhD study. No refund, nothing. Also, I was told 42,000 to get degree, I went every semester with all A's until dissertation portion. I graduated with $372,000 in student loans I owe. I tried to switch school and I would have to start dissertation over with them too (even looked into Harvard ha ha). I had to keep going and borrowing more and more money. I went every semester and did nothing wrong. I am a professional with Bachelor and Master's at brick and mortar schools with honor status. I loved this school until the dissertation part ripped me off and ruined my financial life. firstname.lastname@example.org is an attorney doing a class action suit for others like me. Great school until dissertation.
I received my Master of Science in Forensic Psychology at Walden University. I entered the program fully aware and prepared to meet the challenges. I took the accelerated program and finished ahead of schedule. The course was demanding and required my full attention. I also had a full-time job and an overwhelming degree of family dynamics. Barriers presented themselves throughout the entire program. Everything that could happen happened: I became critically ill, I was hospitalized with a serious medical condition, and I was financially challenged. To add to the pot my daughter suffered and injury at work that demanded my care. I wanted the degree and giving up was not an option. I did most of my assignments from my hospital bed. My laptop was my traveling companion. I informed my instructors I was having medical issues and they granted me leniency. My advisors were available and ready to assist me with any questions I had concerning my program. The program was well organized, and there were plenty of services offered for students to meet their goals. I am now in my doctoral program, which is a monster of a project, but I am ready to grow in intellect and complete the program with the intent to go out into the world and contribute to the betterment of society. My vision and mission are equal to that of Waldens. I believe if you want something bad enough, you will find a way to make it happen. An old saying, If there is a will, there is a way.
I am very surprised with the negative comments that i read, I have left 3 classes to complete my BA Degree in Health Care Management, and the experience that I have with Walden is Excellent. I ask questions to the right person I should and I get answers fast, the instructors are tough for good reason but great with excellent communication,The library is great,the writing Center support is is accessible and very helpful for any one who needs help,Career Service support is available if guidance is needed.it is not an easy road, there is no easy way out, we have to put in the time and work hard to accomplish a great thing,we get what we put in,I am so happy with Walden that I am planing to continue my masters after completing my BA course by the end of April 2017.I have a Beautiful Experience indeed.
I currently attend Walden because of my job I don't have the time to go to a classroom oriented school. I HAVE taken many online classes at the University of Minnesota and University of North Dakota and had to have proctored in person exams which were impossible to schedule or tests that are completely open book. Online classes at the big traditional universities are easy, you have 16 weeks to read, do some homework, worthless discussions(meaning you receive credit as long as you post something) and tests. Walden is another story, I went into it thinking it would be easy and I was wrong. Classes are 6 weeks, two APA formatted discussion posts/week that actually have to answer a question meaningfully, a 2-5 page APA formatted paper and a test. I have never worked this hard on non-hard science or math classes in my life. The feedback from professors have always been good, some are really picky about stupid stuff but you get that at any school. When I have looked up my professors the majority are or were professors at other respected universities as well. As far as cost goes... I pay $320/credit hour and the University of Minnesota is $325/credit hour so it is on par with the state schools.
Teachers are required to answer emails within 2 business days, per the rules, but almost never do. Many never answer at all. They are also required to engage in the classroom, and many do not. Some teachers have worse grammar and punctuation skills than the students, like the one teacher who docked me points because she did not know that "abound" is a word. For those in programs requiring internships, they do not aid in finding a location. this is a huge downside to an online school. There are students who simply should not be in any grad program who are accepted to this school, regardless, who often blatantly plagiarize my posting. The school is a money-maker and nothing else. BEWARE.